In my work, I am able to help some clients make remarkable progress toward their emotional and spiritual goals. But what about folks who also need help, short-term or long-term, with psychiatric medications?
Part of your personal development, Blog-Buddies, is deciding for yourself how you will relate to medicine. Is there one “Evolved way,” far superior to the “Sad, un-evolved ways”?
What heals? And if your life depended on healing, what would you choose?
This is such a charged topic, especially if you have ever, in this lifetime, personally dealt with significant mental health issues.
Another tricky scenario would have happened if, as a person of faith or a New Ager, you have gone through significant physical health issues demanding medical attention. Such was the case recently for Blog-Buddy HERMIONE, who wrote Does New Age have to be anti-medicine? A guest post by Hermione. Another guest poster, DAVE, had written about health choices in How Energetic Literacy helps me accept reality, a Guest Post by DAVE.
Both guest posts resulted in prolific and passionate comments here at “Deeper Perception Made Practical.” Off-blog, I have often had conversations about the value, and limitations, of Rosetree Energy Spirituality for helping those with mental health problems, including:
- One session with a new client, just this month, whom I told part-way into our session, “Unfortunately I am not qualified to help you. Please seek out a psychiatrist as soon as possible.”
- One session with an established client, just this month whom I referred to a clinical psychologist so that she could double track, having sessions with each of us for the near future.
- One session with an established client fighting her way back from another serious revisit of bipolar problems, where medication didn’t prevent half a year of extreme dysfunction, although she is stable now and I was able to help her to move forward.
- Conversations and email exchanges with students of mine who are mental health professionals, valuing Rosetree Energy Spirituality and learning how to sort out which skill set helps best with what.
This is no tiny topic. Don’t you know at least one person who takes medication for depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc.?
Now that collective consciousness has improved related to rights of LGBTQ, I sure would love for the next group to receive collective respect to be…
those who have suffered mental health problems. As if that were, in any way, shameful!
Here is a lovely guest post, appropriately proud, from Blog-Buddy Kira. I added some links, copy edits, headings. And now, applause for her courage.
Can mental health problems really be so very common now?
HERMIONE, in Comment 8, you said:
Who knows what the people who take anti-depressants are dealing with. Maybe a lot of them need to deal with this kind of insecurity. If it helps them cope and balances their brain chemistry, who are we to judge?
I can only wonder what people who take antidepressants currently have to deal with, and Im only talking about getting the proper help, not peoples attitudes.
I first started taking Prozac in 1994. Up to that point, I was extremely leery of antidepressants, but my closest friend knew someone on Prozac and reassured me that he was still himself, only not depressed.
By this time, I was suicidal and within 4 points of maxing out the Beck Depression Inventory Score, so I knew I had to do something.
Which is harder, suicide or qualifying to receive psychiatric medication?
I can tell you that it almost certainly would have been actually easier to kill myself than to go thru the hoops I went thru to get coverage for the psychiatrist visits and medication.
Right now, looking back on it with my current frame of mind, it doesnt seem like a very big deal at all. I needed to make a toll-free call to the proper number on my insurance card, and then had to call another number given to me by the first person I talked to.
The second person needed some information about why I wanted to see someone, part of which consisted of, Have you ever attempted suicide?
Ultimately, I was assigned a doctor and everything was covered.
But look at it from the frame of mind I had back then.
I was extremely depressed.
I had an actual suicide plan.
What is the only reason I didnt carry it out?
Because of my conversation with my friend, who made it clear that my dying would hurt her a great deal and that my being so depressed also hurt her.
In addition to the general frame of mind, I hated making phone calls to strangers. I even tended to agonize over making phone calls to friends.
The courage it can take to live, and to seek help
It was a nearly insurmountable task to make that first phone call, but I was desperate.
Then I had to make another one, to someone else. I had to talk about how I was feeling to a total stranger who wasnt a therapist (as far as I knew).
And I had to tell this person that yes, I had attempted suicide.
Then she needed to hear the details.
My attempt at suicide had actually been embarrassingly bad.
I remember trying to figure out if I could still get coverage if I didnt admit to the suicide attempt.
Mind you, at this point, Id already had several therapists (none of them psychiatrists because I was hoping not to need medication). With these therapists, I couldn’t bring myself to tell a single one of them about my suicide attempt. (I think they were covered pre-HMO and didnt need details.)
The horrible struggles some of us go through, begging for help with mental health problems
Yeah, I hope it hasnt gotten any worse than that, but I wouldnt be surprised if it has.
On the plus side (sort of), I eventually got to the point where I could just recite the suicide attempt details.
You see, it turned out that every time I finished the prescribed course of therapy and found myself needing yet another round, guess what?
There was always an end point for my mental health coverage.. This required new authorization before more services would be covered.
Suicide attempt story? I had to go over it yet again.